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Westlake Ladies Lone Georgia School In National Rankings

Westlake (21-2) has been tied to the hip of Paul VI (VA) (19-3) since losing to them 67-58 in the the fifth game of the season. The girls rankings this year have been up and down and really weighing head-to-head tightly no matter how the team that loss the head-to-head has played throughout the season. The Lady Lions check in at No. 24 in the latest Max Preps Top 25 national rankings.

Westlake won 11 in a row after the Paul VI loss including victories over Bradley Central (TN) (19-3), Sacred Heart (KY) (18-1) and Spring Valley (NV) (19-5) before falling to Centennial (NV) (16-6). Sacred Heart (KY) is currently ranked No. 25.


Westlake, who has not loss to a Georgia opponent this season and has a victory over 6A favorite Lovejoy (GA), will complete the regular season against Campbell this weekend before the region tournament next week. The Lady Lions are the heavy favorite to repeat as Georgia 7A state champions are led by juniors Raven Johnson (14.8ppg 5.0rpg 4.0apg 4.5spg) and sophomore sensation Ta’Niya Latson (15.7ppg 2.4rpg 2.1apg 2.9stl). Junior Briana Turnage and senior Lydia Freeman (Georgia Southern) are also key pieces for Westlake.


Lovejoy (GA) (20-4), the only other Georgia team nationally ranked this season, fell out of the rankings two weeks ago and have loss three of their last four games to Hoover (AL) (27-1), National Christian Academy (MD) (18-6) and Forest Park (GA) (19-5). Lovejoy is now tied for first with Forest Park region 4-6A heading in the final week of the regular season. Lovejoy’s four losses this season are by a combined 15 points and they have posted a 2-2 OOS record.

National Georgia Girls Westlake (GA) and Lovejoy (GA) Updates; Other Team Notes

Westlake and Lovejoy have been holding the flag this season nationally for Georgia girls basketball. Each have highly talented rosters and deep schedules both nationally and in-state. It’s time ot take a look at these two and others from Georgia as we enter the heart of region lay ahead of the region and state tournaments.


Westlake (GA) (16-2) is currently ranked 17th in Max Preps Top 25 and were riding an 11-game winning streak entering the Big West Shootout in Las Vegas last weekend. The Girls Max Prep National Top 25 has been quirky most of the season with drastic movements week after week. When the latest rankings are released later this week it’s not sure if the Lady Lions will be in them after a 73-61 loss to Centennial (NV) (8-5)- ranked No.2 in Nevada, snapped their win streak in the first of two games at the Big West Shootout.

Westlake rebounded the next day to defeat Spring Valley (NV) (14-2) 61-44, Spring Valley is ranked No. 1 in Nevada and completed their heavy national schedule 6-2 against out-of-state teams with wins over St. John’s (D.C), Fort Myers (FL), Bradley Central (TN), No.22 Sacred Heart (KY) and Vance (NC). Their only other loss of the season is to No.16 Paul IV (VA). Westlake has defeated tough in-state for Lovejoy (GA) (15-1) earlier this season 55-52. Names to Know: Raven Johnson (Jr.), Brianna Turnage (Jr.), Lydia Freeman (Sr.) and  Ta’Niya Latson (Soph.)

Lovejoy (GA) (16-1) is the other girls team from Georgia currently ranked coming in at  No.20 however with the way the rankings have gone in girls basketball this season they stand a chance to fall out. The Lady Wildcats won their seventh straight game with a 73-31 win over region opponent Drew over the weekend. Lovejoy (GA) has defeated tough in-state opponents Forest Park, Holy Innocents and Wesleyan this season along with out-of-state foes Riverdale (TN) and Vance (NC). Lovejoy has remaining OOS games against Hoover (AL), National Christian Academy (MD) (12-5) and St. Francis Prep (NY) remaining in January. Names to know: Genesis Bryant (Sr.), Anaya Boyd (Sr.) and Bryana Hardy (So.)

Other Team Notes Of Interest:

Forest Park (GA) (13-5): Is 1-4 in out-of-state games this season to heavy national opponents Hoover (AL), Riverdale Baptist (MD), New Hope Academy (MD) and Montverde Academy (FL) in addition to an in-state loss to Lovejoy who they will meet again before the end of the regular season. Their biggest in-state wins are to Holy Innocents (GA), Beach (GA) and two wins over Stephenson (GA). Names to know: Jasmine Stevens (Jr.), Jasmine Jacob (Sr.), Joi Reid (Sr), Sania Feagin (Jr.)

Collins Hill (GA) (19-0): Collins Hill is not playing one of the stronger schedules.  The Lady Eagles remain undefeated and went 4-0 against OOS teams McKinley (LA), McGill-Toolen (AL), Providence Day (NC) and Myers Park (NC). Collins Hill has won every game by at least 16 points, has not allowed an opponent to score more than 48 points and is winning by an average margin of 33 points-a-game this season. Columbia (GA) and McGill-Toolen (AL) lost to Collins Hill by 16 and 17 points respectively in the closest games this season.  Collins Hill last remaining true regular season tests are against region foe Peachtree Ridge- who they have defeated by 22 points earlier this season, and against 1A-Private Wesleyan (GA) over the MLK Holiday. For those that like to look ahead,  Collins Hill stiffest test would come in the state championship game against most likely Westlake as both teams are expected to win their regions and be on opposite sides of the bracket. Westlake has eliminated Collins Hill the last two seasons in the quarterfinals and finals respectively. Names to know: Asjah Inniss (Sr.), Sacha Washington (Jr.), Eden Sample (Jr) and Kamryn Collins (Jr.) and LaCambria Shakespeare (Jr.)

Buford (GA) (17-0): Again a very DEEP team. No OOS games on schedule. Quality wins: Valdosta, Holy Innocents, Wesleyan, Peachtree Ridge, Loganville  and Norcross. Names to know: Tate Walters (Sr.), Katelyn Kline (Sr.) and Blair Wallis (Jr.)

Dacula (GA) (17-2): 2-1 vs OOS. Losses to Wesleyan (GA) and Oak Ridge (TN). Quality wins over Valdosta (GA), Lanier (2x)  and Dobyns-Bennett (TN). Veteran team anchored by a sophomore Names to know: Lazaria Spearman (So.), Nyla Moore (Sr.) and Keyanna Gibbs (Sr.)

St. Francis (GA) (14-3); Unbeaten against Georgia teams and 3-3 so far in OOS games. OOS losses to Hoover (AL), Hazel Green (AL) and Lake Highland Prep (FL).  Two OOS games remaining against Armwood (FL) and Tampa Bay Tech (FL). Quality Wins: Carver-Columbus (GA), Mercer County (KY), Columbia (GA), Clovis West (CA)  Names to know: Savannah Samuels (Sr.), Mia Moore (Jr), Amirah Abdur Rahim (Sr.) and Erica Moon (Fr.)

McEachern Head Coach Phyllis Arthur is steering a youthful group through a tough schedule

McEachern (GA) (10-8): Not the record or the firepower they’ve been recently known for yet always playing a tougher than normal schedule with only two seniors. 7 of 8 losses to OOS opponents, 2-7 in OOS games, 7 OOS opponents losses have combined record as of 1/14/2020 of 103-27 a .792 percentage. Lone in-state loss to North Paulding. Quality wins: Bishop Kenny (FL), Douglass (GA), Carver-Columbus (GA), North Cobb Names to know: Caelan Ellis (Soph.), Denim DeShields (Jr.) and Daelyn Craig (Sr.)

Others To Track:

Americus-Sumter (15-0), Beach (11-7), Brunswick (10-6), Campbell (16-3), Carver-Columbus (12-4), Cherokee (17-2), Harrison (15-4), Holy Innocents (12-5), Jefferson (16-3), Kell (18-0) and Valdosta (15-2)

Georgia Week 5 Notes and Scores

Surprise, We’re 5-0!

Meadowcreek improved to 5-0 with a 42-28 victory over Lakeside-Dekalb (1-4). Chauncey Williams rushed for over 300 yards and five touchdowns for the Mustangs. The victory assures the Mustangs their first non-losing season since 1997. Meadowcreek is now 1-0 in region play and will face Berkmar (0-5) next week and with a victory would clinch the first winning season in school history since 1990 (the schools fifth year of football).  Through five games Williams has amassed over 1200 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns.

Douglas County (5-0) defeated region and family feud foe Langston Hughes (3-2) 30-27 in a back and forth affair featuring a pair of solid running backs showcasing their talents. Douglas County jumped out to a 10-0 lead after a pick six touchdown by Xavier Hopson and a field goal. Langston Hughes then took a 14-10 lead after a Caleb Vaughn to Nae’Saan Dickerson touchdown pass and a Christian Roylaston touchdown run in the second quarter which held until halftime.  After another Royalston touchdown run put Langston Hughes up 20-10, Uriah West rushed for a pair of touchdowns for a 23-20 Tigers lead. Royalston and the Panthers was not done as Royalston ripped off a 70-yard touchdown to for a 27-23 lead. Douglas County would get the last word when Marquise Collins connected with Dariyan Wiley for a 75-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes remaining for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning touchdown.  The win marked the first 5-0 start for Douglas County since 2002.

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One-Sided Clash In Classic City!

Clarke Central (4-1) jumped on Cedar Shoals (3-1) early and often in a 48-7 rout of their crosstown rivals in the region opener for both. The Gladiators scored three defensive touchdowns (pick six, scoop and score, and a fumble recovery in the end zone). Jack Mangel connected with Jacob Dula on a touchdown pass for a 7-0 Clarke Central lead, Mangel passed for two touchdowns in the game. Cedar Shoals responded with a drive that stalled deep in Gladiator territory and missed a field goal, the contest was never close again. Clarke Central came one point shy of tying the all-time series record for points scored by one team (49) while posting all 48 points in the first half. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock. Jonathan Sewell and O’Brien Bryant rushed for touchdowns for Clarke Central.

Other Games/Scores Of Interest

Ira Henderson returned his second kickoff return for a touchdown this season as Stephenson (3-2) defeated Mundy’s Mill (0-5) 38-14. Javier Morton returned an interception for a touchdown for Stephenson.

Taurean Taylor rushed for three touchdowns while Travon Ford hooked up with Josh Vann on a pair of touchdown passes as Tucker (4-1) shutout ML King (2-3) 44-0. David Davis rushed for a touchdown and Jalen Jefferson recorded a safety for the Tigers.

Tift (6-0) defeated Coffee (3-1) 33-31 on a game-winning field goal by Fernando Ramirez with five seconds remaining. Coffee overcame an early 21-0 hole to take a 31-30 lead with a Wade Sumner to Dalrone Donaldson touchdown pass with just over four minutes remaining. Tift quarterback Griffin Collier finished with over 300 yards passing, four touchdowns, two of them to standout wide receiver Rashod Bateman. Dalrone Donaldson caught two touchdowns for Coffee. Tift improved to 6-0, it’s best start since 1993.

Carterville (5-0) won it’s 35th consecutive game with a 41-7 victory over Cedartown. Trevor Lawrence passed for three touchdowns while Rico Frye rushed for and caught a touchdown for Cartersville.  Cartersville had held its last three opponents (Calhoun, Westlake and Cedartown) to 18 total points.

Tri-Cities (1-3) won its first game of the season to snap a 13-game losing streak with a 41-6 win over Creekside (0-5). Tarez Huddleston passed for four touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Creekside has only scored 22 total points this season.

McEachern (3-2)  trailed 13-9 at halftime to Camden County (2-3) before scoring 29 unanswered points in the second half to win 38-13. Jaron Hall returned a punt for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass for the Indians. Malik Evans rushed for two touchdowns and Ali Scott had a rushing touchdown for McEachern. Logan Berryhill caught a touchdown for Camden County.

Colquitt County (5-1) used four field goals from Ryan Fitzgerald to defeat Valdosta (2-4) 27-0. Ty Leggett scored the only offensive touchdown of the game with a four-yard run late in the second quarter.

Grayson (4-0) 74-0 over International School of Broward (FL) (1-2). DJ Irons passed for four touchdowns while J’Kori Jones passed for three touchdowns for the Rams. Grayson is now 3-0 this season in out-of-state games and will play their final non-Georgia opponent this Friday when they host Ramsay (AL) (4-1). Ramsay has won three straight games and is currently ranked in the Alabama Class 6A Top 5.

Lovejoy (3-3) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 41-33 victory over Drew (1-4). Zion Custis rushed for three touchdowns for the Wildcats.

Cedar Grove (5-0) won their 15th straight game by defeating the last team to beat them, Westminster (1-4) 41-10. The 15-game winning streak is a new school record.

Rome (4-0) defeated Paulding County (1-4) 62-0. Rome will host Carrollton (4-0) in a class 5A top 10 matchup this week. Carrollton defeated Woodland-Cartersville (2-3) 41-6.

East Coweta (4-1) defeated Arabia Mountain (3-2) 48-14; East Coweta has won four in a row since their season opening loss to Lovejoy. Arabia Mountain has dropped two in a row since a 3-0 start.

Winder-Barrow (5-0) defeated North Oconee (1-4) 17-14

North Gwinnett (4-1)  defeated Mountain View (4-1) 27-14

Westlake (2-3) defeated Lithonia (1-4) 45-12

Hapeville Charter (5-0) defeated South Atlanta (2-4) 42-7





Georgia HSFB Week 4 Notes and Scores

South Pointe (SC) Tops Buford

Buford (2-1) suffers its first-ever out-of-state loss falling 33-27 to South Pointe (SC) (4-0). South Pointe quarterback Derion Kendrick powered the Stallions victory rushing for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns while passing for a pair of touchdowns. Buford entered the game allowing only 110 yards rushing through two games, Kendrick rushed for 110 in the first half.

Buford used special teams to take an early lead and to stay in the game multiple times. Mick Reese recovered a high snap on a punt in the end zone for a touchdown to crack the scoring seal as Buford led 7-0.

South Pointe answered on the following possession going 77 yards capping the drive with a Kendrick to Scott Robinson Jr 38-yard touchdown pass to knot it 7-7. In the second quarter Kendrick danced around Buford’s defense capping  another 77-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run while evading several Buford defenders before lowering his shoulder for the score and the 14-7 lead. Kendrick accounted for every yard on the drive.

Buford’s special teams got back in on the act again as Eli Turner raced of the right edge to block BT Potter’s 32-yard field goal attempt. Buford cashed it in 61 yards later with an Anthony Grant 3-yard touchdown run pulling even 14-14, which stood til halftime.

South Pointe’s defense led by Eli Adams and Deangelo Huskey gave Buford fits all night. On Buford’s opening second half possession, Jaylen Mahoney intercepted Aaron McLaughlin setting up a 36-yard touchdown pass from Kendrick to Robinson on the following play for a 21-14 South Pointe lead.

The team exchanged punts and again it was Buford’s special teams putting up points as Austin Turner returned a punt 70-yards for a touchdown to pull Buford to within 21-20 with just over six minutes remaining in the third quarter after the extra point attempt failed due to a bad snap and hold.

Potter added a field goal for South Pointe in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 24-20. Buford answered that score with Grant’s second touchdown run of the game early in the fourth quarter for a 27-24 Buford lead.

The lead was short lived as Kendrick engineered a Stallions drive that he finished with a 17-yard touchdown run for a 28-27 lead. BT Potter added his second field goal of the game to extend South Pointe’s lead to 31-27. After a South Pointe fumble, Buford’s McLaughlin was called for intentional grounding in the end zone for the final 33-27 margin.

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Other Games:

Sharrod Frazier rushed for a pair of touchdowns as Brunswick (2-1) had five different players rush for a total of six touchdowns in a 43-27 victory over Camden County. Brooks Bryan passed for two touchdowns and  Jeremiah Compton return an interception 99 yards for a touchdown for Camden County. Brunswick’s victory snapped an 11-game losing streak to Camden County.

Clarke Central’s O’Brien Barnett rushed for three touchdowns while Jonathan Sewell rushed for a 92 yard touchdown as the Gladiators (3-1) defeated North Oconee (1-3) 47-20. Gladiator quarterback Jack Mangel passed for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown. Kapre Forbes continued his excellent season in the punt return department with a 74-yard return that set up Barnett’s final touchdown run.

Brookwood (2-2) used a dominating rushing attack to upset Colquitt County (4-1) 45-25. Dante Brown rushed for over 250 yards and five touchdowns for the Broncos. Brookwood led 21-0 after the first quarter with all three touchdown coming via Brown. Daijun Edwards rushed for two touchdowns for Colquitt County.

Winder-Barrow (4-0) scored 17 unanswered points to defeat Loganville (0-4) 17-14. Brock Landis rushed for the go-ahead touchdown with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter for the Bulldoggs. Jamar Mack rushed for a touchdown for the Bulldoggs. Winder-Barrow is 4-0 for the first time since 2007.

Meadowcreek (4-0) won its fourth straight game and is 4-0 for the first-time ever after a 38-0 victory over Lithonia (1-3). Chauncey Williams rushed for over 200 yards and four touchdowns. Williams has rush for over 100 yards in every game so far this season.

Stephenson(2-2) handed Lovejoy (2-3) its third straight loss with a 14-7 win. Darren Parker and Deondre Jackson rushed for a touchdown for Stephenson. Love’s joys only score came on a  late in the second quarter to give Stephenson a 14-0 lead. Jordan Huntington passed for a touchdown for Lovejoy, who wasted a number of scoring chances in the red zone most of the night.

Other Scores Of Interest:

Mays defeated 49-7 New Manchester

Miller Grove defeated Lakeside-Dekalb 18-16

Cedar Grove defeated Lovett 41-14

Tift defeated Parkview 50-37

Dutchtown 10-7 over Heritage-Conyers

McEachern 28-9 over Westlake

Langston Hughes defeated Tri-Cities 20-12

Stockbridge 33-3 over Ola






Georgia HSFB Update Sept 30th

Roswell (5-0) continued its impressive defensive play this season shutting out its second straight opponent with a 17-0 victory over Milton. The Hornets have not allowed more than seven points (Buford in season opener) in a game this season. Sheldon Evans rushed for two touchdowns for the Hornets.

Mill Creek (6-0) pulled away from North Gwinnett (3-3) late in the second quarter and posted its second straight victory over the Bulldogs 44-17. Cameron Turley passed for three touchdowns and Cole Wroble rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the Hawks

Lowndes (6-1) racked up over 600 yards of total offense to defeat Ware County 56-35. Ware County (2-3) jumped out to a 14-0 lead only to see the Vikings roar back with a strong third quarter and cruise to victory.

Nolan Donley hit Demond Ellison on a 40-yard touchdown pass with less than thirty seconds remaining as Cherokee (3-3) knocked off Etowah (4-2) 28-21. Etowah’s Tyray Devezin rushed for two touchdowns in the loss.

Norcross (6-0) defeated Parkview (3-2) in the battle of quarterbacks committed to play collegiate baseball. Norcross’ Byron Radcliff passed for three touchdowns as the Blue Devils defeated Parkview for the seventh time in the last eight meetings 38-15.

Trailing 14-13 with less than five minutes remaining, Daetrich Harrington raced 55 yards for a touchdown as Alexander (5-0) defeated Northgate 21-14. Kyle Cater rushed for a touchdown for Northgate in defeat.

Lovejoy (4-3) defeated Mt. Zion-Jonesboro (2-4) 35-9. Lovejoy QB John Seter passed for three touchdowns as the Wildcats improved to 4-0 in region play with a 35-9 victory.

Camden County (2-4) picked up its second win of the season by displacing Forest Park 67-14. Camden County scored more than 17 points in a game for the first time this season. Forest Park (0-7; one loss by forfeit) scored a season-high 14 points, cracking the double digit mark for the first time this season. Forest Park head coach Dale Myers is a native of Kingsland, GA and former Camden County player.In his second second, Myers has yet to pick up a victory as Forest Park is now 0-16 under Myers. Forest Park has not won more than three games since a seven-win season in 2000 and have had eleven head coaches during that span.

Preston Taylor nailed a 39-yard field goal with one second remaining to give Newton (4-1-1) a 13-12 victory over South Gwinnett (4-2). South Gwinnett took a 12-10 lead on a 34-yard field goal by Dawson Newman with less than a minute remaining. Blake Brok rushed for Newton’s lone touchdown.

Leading 20-0 in the third quarter, Shaun Jolly returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown as Stephenson (3-3) defeated Jonesboro (0-6) 27-0.

Tucker (5-1) defeated Mundy’s Mill (1-5) 34-14. Tucker quarterback Xavier Sheppard passed for a pair of touchdowns in the victory.

Isaiah Green passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two more as Langston Hughes (5-1) defeated Creekside 35-34. Creekside (4-2) scored with just over one minute remaining in the game however failed on the two-point conversion attempt.

Georgia HSFB Update Sept. 16th

Oconee County (4-0) won its fourth straight game with a 28-10 victory over previously undefeated Cedar Shoals (3-1). Sam Middlebrooks hit Roques Dowty on a 52-yard touchdown pass on the Warriors opening possession for a 7-0 lead which held to halftime. Trent Harris got Cedar Shoals on the board in the third quarter with a field goal to pull the Jaguars to within 7-3. In the fourth quarter Oconee County put the game away with touchdown runs from Champ Hall, Jared Hood and Christian Casey. Jaivanni McDavid returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown for the Jaguars only touchdown of the game. Cedar Shoals’ three-game win streak, it’s longest since 2007, was snapped with the loss.

Camden County (1-3) won its first game of the season getting a 7-6 decision over Brunswick (2-2). Mickey Packard scored for Camden County while Brunswick quarterback Jamarius Stevens scored for the Pirates. Stevens missed the PAT to leave the score 7-6 which held for the final margin.  Former Camden County Wildcat running back Brandon McMaster- now at Brunswick, finished with over 100 all-purpose yards for the Pirates against his former mates. Brunswick’s two losses have came by a combined two points-both off missed extra points.

Greater Atlanta Christian broke open a 9-7 halftime game in the third quarter with two touchdown passes from quarterback Davis Mills to Harrison Sloan and Trey Morrison. Mills finished with three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown as GAC (3-1) defeated St. Pius (0-4) 37-7.

Lovejoy QB John Seter (17) attempts a pass against Stockbridge

Lovejoy (2-3) improved to 2-0 in region play with a 28-27 victory over Stephenson (1-3). Lovejoy quarterback John Seter- a transfer from The Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut, was 15-of-24 for 301 yards, three touchdowns with one interception passing. Through five games (four games played) Seter has passed for 933 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

Grayson (2-1) defeated Deerfield Beach (FL) (1-2) 39-14. DeAngelo Gibbs caught two touchdown passes and Jamyest Williams returned an interception for a touchdown in the Rams second straight victory. Grayson is now 1-1 in interstate games this season with interstate games against Ramsay (AL) and Hoover (AL) remaining this season.

Quarterback Patrick Ferris passed for three touchdowns and Tyray Devezin rushed for another as Etowah (4-1) defeated Milton (2-2) 28-10. Blake Jones continued his stellar play with two touchdown receptions. Jones had interceptions in the previous two games against Spartanburg (SC) and East Coweta late in the fourth quarter to seal Etowah victories. Jackson Sisk also caught a touchdown pass for Etowah.


Other Games Of Interest: 

Mays (3-1) routed New Manchester (0-4) 51-0 in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Raiders have won three consecutive games and the lone loss to Stockbridge, was by one point.

Colquitt County (1-4) won its first game of the season 52-14 over Brookwood (2-2). Colquitt chalked up its first-ever victory over Brookwood in the fourth all-time meeting in the series. Brookwood has lost two straight since opening the season with wins over North Gwinnett and Walton but have a favorable schedule upcoming in the next few weeks as region play opens. The Packers hit the road to face undefeated Valdosta (5-0) next.

Dwayne Davis picked his first victory as head coach of Mundy’s Mill (1-3) with a 33-13 victory over M.L. King (2-2).

Norcross defeated Archer 34-16 behind three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown from quarterback Baron Radcliff. Tyler Ranel returned a kickoff 99 yard for a touchdown for Archer .

Lowndes (4-1) defeated Newton 42-34 for its fourth straight win. The Vikings have scored 35 or more points in all four victories this season after being held to only 13 points in the season opener against Valdosta (5-0)

Clarke Central (2-2) snapped its two-game losing streak with a 45-21 victory over North Oconee (0-4).  Jonathan Swelled rushed for over 175 yards and two touchdowns for the Gladiators. Clarke Central is at rival Cedar Shoals this Friday in the region opener for both.

Tucker (3-1) won its region opener  58-0 region over Jonesboro. Jonesboro (0-5) has only scored nine points through its first five games and have been outscored 149-0 the last three weeks against Spalding (3-1), McEachern (3-1) and Tucker. Jonesboro went 11-2 last season and have several transfers this season.

Northgate (4-0) defeated Creekside (3-1) in a 61-48 region game shootout. Both teams figure to fight with Mays (3-1), Douglas County (3-1), Alexander (3-0) and Langston Hughes (3-1) for playoff spots in the underrated yet extremely tough region 5-6A.

McEachern (3-1) scored a season-low six points in a 6-2 victory at Westlake (1-3). McEachern has not scored an offensive touchdown in two of its last three games against Grayson (scored touchdowns on punt and interception returns), Jonesboro (won 69-0) and Westlake (scored on two field goals). Westlake under first-year head coach Kareem Reid- who previously was a head coach in Florida, face Lithonia (1-3; defeated Meadowcreek for its first win this season last week) this Friday before opening region play against East Coweta (3-1) in two weeks. East Coweta’s lone loss came to North Cobb (3-1) who handed Etowah (3-1) its only loss this season so far 24-20.





Aderhold Passes Mays By Lovejoy

The 3rd annual Inner City Classic featured the 6A Lovejoy Wildcats against the 5A Mays Raiders at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. Lovejoy entered ranked tenth in 6A while Mays entered the contest unranked riding a three-game win streak.

Lovejoy got out of the gate quickly going up 14-0 on the strength of an 18-yard touchdown run by Kevin Morris and a 6-yard touchdown run by Rico Tilley.

Mays answered back with 19 unanswered points. The first of those points were set up by an interception returned to the Lovejoy three by Ferlando Jordan. Two plays later AJ Coyeano scored on a 3-yard touchdown run near the end of the first quarter to pull Mays within 14-7.

Mays continued its run in the second quarter thanks to starting quarterback Asahnia Aderhold and Tyshawn Brown leading the charge. Over a span of four plays the duo hooked up twice for touchdowns. Aderhold sat out Mays previous possession as Joe Turner guided the Mays offense on a good drive which ended with a missed field goal. Once Aderhold got back in the game, he made his presence known and never sat out another series. Aderhold hit Brown for a 53-yard pass play setting up their 24-yard touchdown connection two plays later to pull Mays within one at 14-13 after the two-point conversion failed. Lovejoy was flagged for roughing the passer on the touchdown meaning Mays would kick off from the Lovejoy 45. The Raiders attempted and recovered an onside kick. On the next play Aderhold hit Brown for a 34-yard touchdown giving Mays the 19-14 lead with 10:06 remaining in the second quarter.

Rico Tilley added an 18-yard touchdown run with 5:43 left in the half for a 21-19 Lovejoy lead which held until halftime. Tilley finished with two rushing touchdowns on the night.

In the second half Aderhold found a new target as Mays continued to click. The Raiders capped an 8-play 82-yard drive with an Aderhold to Julius Whitehead 19-yard touchdown pass. On their next possession Aderhold and Whitehead hooked up again on a 4-yard touchdown pass capping a 9-play 62-yard drive putting Mays up 34-21 with 2:24 remaining in the third quarter.

Lovejoy’s Malik Route caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Mays transfer quarterback Quintarius Neely to make it 34-28 with 5:31 left in the fourth. The Raiders came right back with the Aderhold-Whitehead connection again, this time from 18 yards out capping a 7-play 75 yard drive giving Mays the 40-28 lead with 2:21 left.

Lovejoy’s top flight receiver Preston Williams finally got in the scoring column with a 9-yard touchdown reception from Neely to keep Lovejoy alive at 40-35. Mays recovered the onside kick attempt and ran out the clock for the win. Williams-the nations top wide receiver was held to 5 receptions 53 yards and a touchdown. Williams was covered most of the night one-on-one by Mays’ Khalil Brooks, Brooks improved his stock with his performance tonight. It was the second straight week Williams was held under 100 yards receiving.

Aderhold finished with over 300 yards passing with five touchdowns, Brown snagged four balls for 116 yards and two touchdowns while Whitehead grabbed five balls for 87 yards and three touchdowns for Mays.

Defensively Mays was led by Brooks, Natrez Patrick and Marquez Daniels.

Mays (4-1) won its third straight contest and will turn their attention to sub-region for and defending 5A state champion Creekside next week.

Lovejoy (3-2) will attempt to rebound next week when region play begins on the road against Rockdale County.

High School Football Scrimmage Action

The High School Football season is upon us even if it is more than a week away from officially starting around the region, a region where the weather in August has been historically kind. Before all the “classic” game action and bevy of TV games hits us in a week or so, reps and experience against live competition is underway via scrimmage action. It’s that time when booster clubs slowly begin to ramp it up because they support a team/school/program that may have a shot at winning a state title.

Here are some results and notes from scrimmages held on Friday.

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North Gwinnett 9 Stephenson 7: Stephenson’s defense was swarming to the ball most of the night but the North Gwinnett defense struck first scoring on a short fumble return for a touchdown when Bobby Young stripped the running back and scored.

Lovejoy 27 Peachtree Ridge 21: Lovejoy amassed 330 yards of offense in only two quarters. Junior Wide Receiver Preston Williams caught two touchdowns. Williams missed all of last season with a hip injury after having a productive summer on the 7-on-7 circuits.

Tucker 24 Marist 3: Dominic Sanders scored three touchdowns for Tucker including 71-yard TD run in the first quarter.

Byrnes (SC) 42 Erwin (NC) 26: Byrnes’ Shaedon Meadors had a 42yd touchdown reception and running back Isaiah Hill scored a 52-yard touchdown on a screen play.

Buford 47 Berkmar 0: Buford did well in the tune up and Berkmar will take morale victories and seek to improve as they play in the rugged Region 8-6A in Georgia. Buford plays in Class 3A.

Camden County 40 Milton 7: Harrison Poole scored touchdowns of 42 and 80 yards, he is a sophomore. Junior Antonio Wimbush scored on an 80-yard touchdown and recorded a sack. Ryan Johnson returned a punt 53-yards for a touchdown and Wimbush had a punt return over 30-odd yards as well. Camden threw the ball more than a couple of times meaning, it’s in their playbook, they’ll decide when to pull it out. Treyvon Paulk of Milton may have went over 70 yards on the ground but that is not official.

Gainesville (GA) 28 Grayson (GA) 27: Highly-touted and Clemson commit QB Deshaun Watson passed for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. Aares McCall led Grayson on the ground with over 100 yards. Grayson scored a defensive touchdown in the game.

Valdosta 7 Ware County 6: Quarterback? Valdosta trailed 6-0 in the middle of the 4th quarter to the Georgia 2012 5A runner-up Ware County Gators before ending a drive, led by quarterback Jacob McMillan, in the end zone. Valdosta is searching for a quarterback since starter Cole Massengill went down with a season-ending injury in practice earlier this month.

Cedar Shoals 35 Oconee County 21: Senior QB Darius Jordan threw 4 TD passes for Cedar Shoals. Breon Mitchell had 2 scores, Tyler Hitchcock, Sam Hemphill and Ryan Huff also scored touchdowns.

Other scores of interest:
Mauldin (SC) 21 Greenville (SC) 14
Coffee County (GA) 21 Cook (GA) 7
Lowndes 41 Thomasville 0
Jacksonville (FL) 12 Brunswick (GA) 0
Walton 33 South Cobb 7
Hart County 44 Habersham Central 17
Gaffney (SC) 36 Woodruff (SC) 35
Mill Creek 20 Parkview 13
Hiram 26 Harrison 21
B.T. Washington (GA) 41 Douglass (GA) 0

Norcross Wins First State Title In Thriller Over Lovejoy

The Georgia Class 6A championship game lived up to all of the billing even if there were only 35 combined points scored in the game.

After a scoreless first quarter Lovejoy cracked the scoreboard first in the second quarter when Alejandro Bennifield hit Jumichael Ramos on a 60-yard touchdown pass to give Lovejoy the 7-0 lead that would hold until halftime. Lovejoy dominated in the first half out-gaining Norcross 175-67 in total offense.

Lovejoy remained in full control of the football game and they could thank their defense for that as they held Norcross to only 3 points after Norcross has two trips inside the red zone. Lovejoy would grab more of the momentum with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter after a 6-yard touchdown pass from Alejandro Bennifield to Brandon Davis gave them a 14-3 lead following a fumble by Norcross. They would hold that lead until the 7:17 mark of the fourth quarter.

“Offensively we were a little frustrated because they did somethings and were able to man us up a little bit more than we thought they were going to be able to and it took us a little bit of time to work the next step and we were able to find the mismatches and got some things done”, Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said afterwards

Once Norcross found those mismatches it would all change as Norcross put together a rally that will go down in the school’s history forever as that scored 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and won them their first-ever state championship in football capping a perfect 15-0 season.

Following a Lovejoy punt, Norcross  marched 62 yards in 4 plays capping it with a Joseph Wilber touchdown pass to Myles Autry from 11-yards out to trim the Lovejoy lead to 14-9 after a failed two-point conversation with 7:17 left. Autry was slowed by a left knee injury and had been used only in spots in the first three quarters but was seemingly full throttle in the fourth quarter finishing with two big receptions for 21 yards and that touchdown all coming in the fourth quarter.  Autry’s presence alone seemed to infuse life into Norcross.

“Man Myles, he’s a great player, him being in the game is an extra person they have to account for. With him scoring that touchdown it gave us a real big boost, it was one of the key components that helped us pull out this victory”, Norcross running back Alvin Kamara said.

Norcross’ defense stood tall and gave the offense a shot by forcing Lovejoy to punt again. They would reward that defensive effort as Joseph Wilber hit Alvin Kamara on third-down and long for a 61-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline giving Norcross their first lead of the game 15-14 after another failed two-point conversion with 4:25 remaining in the contest.

Norcross’ defense would rise again in the biggest of moments stopping Lovejoy’s Travis Custis on fourth down at the Lovejoy 31. Custis finished with only 61 yards on 20 carries and did not score a touchdown. Alejandro Bennifield finished 11-26 180 yards two touchdowns and two interceptions.

“At halftime the defense, they were jacked up, they were ready to come out and play. It was not like they were coming out feeling sorry for themselves”,  Keith Maloff stated

Kamara would do the rest scoring on a 10-yard touchdown run to cap a 5-play 31-yard drive in which Kamara carried the ball all  five times. Kamara however was flagged for excessive celebration, Lovejoy took the penalty on the extra-point which Norcross missed and it was 21-14 Norcross with 1:33 remaining in the fourth.

“We got down and my team does not give up. These coaches would not allow us to give up. Some of my teammates had their heads down a little bit and I kind of hyped them back up reminding them it was not over, this is what we do, we are warriors this is what we preach all week and all year we’ve been preaching it and so we kept fighting “,  Kamara said afterwards.

Brandon Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards to the Norcross 47 and the Wildcats had 78 seconds to save what had been a fourth quarter to forget. They would not save it as four plays later the Norcross defense made another big play as Jaquan Frazier intercepted Bennifield’s pass at the Norcross 25 sealing the victory and state title for the Norcross Blue Devils.

“I didn’t have any doubt, I just needed my teammates behind me, my coaches and my community and we got it done. It was a team effort, you see all these Norcross fans that came out to support us and that is what really did it for us”, Kamara said.

Kamara finished with 35 carries 117 yards and one touchdown rushing, passed for 34 yards and caught two passes for 68 yards and a touchdown.

What about winning Norcross’ first ever state title in football and the ramifications of that, how does that feel we asked Alvin Kamara.

“That is what I set out to do at the beginning of the season,to be different. I talked to my coaches about it, being the first to bring Norcross to the semifinals and first to bring Norcross a state championship”, Kamara said.

So what about the head Coach Kevin Maloof who had never won a state title including a previous stop at Tucker who has won two state titles under former head coach Frankin Stephens in 2008 and 2011?

“They had to learn how to win and once they did it was all about winning region titles and winning state championships. Obviously we wish would have done it a lot earlier but by gosh we’ll take it now because it ain’t no sweeter that how it is right now, I would not trade this for anything else”, Maloof said.

Norcross is ranked highly in several national polls and with some teams ahead of them losing over the past few weeks they have an outside shot at a “national title” in some of these polls.

When asked if he would take his Norcross team up against anybody in the country Maloof said.

“Your darn right, right now I would I sure would. I’d take this team this team over any team in the country”, he said.

State Finals Set In Georgia Class 6A

Since the end of last season, through mat drills, spring practices, summer passing camps and hot summer practices the goal of a high school football team is to win the state championship. The final two teams are left for a chance to accomplish that feat. The Georgia High School Association state championship game in class 6A (AAAAAA) is set. Here are the teams that will play and what they did in their semifinal games to advance.

Semifinal: Colquitt County at Norcross

Coming off their first ever trip to the semifinals the Norcross will make their first ever appearance in the state championship game after a 41-27 win over Colquitt County. Norcross never trailed in the game and scored the most points against Colquitt County this season. Norcross’ standout running back Alvin Kamara again put on a show in front of several college coaches in attendance rushing for 135 yards and touchdown. Kamara also caught a 65-yard touchdown pass on the night. Norcross jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and never gave Colquitt County a chance to stay in the ballgame. Norcross quarterback Joseph Wilbur passed for over 200 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown as well.

Colquitt County’s points were scored on a John Boatwright touchdown run, a Daniel Mobley to Bobby Hill touchdown pass and cosmetic touchdown pass late in the game from Cole Seagraves to Todd Boyd. Will Bannister kicked two field goals for the Packers.

Norcross improves to 14-0 and is the only undefeated team in Georgia’s highest classification and will face Lovejoy for the state championship next Saturday night.

Semifinal: North Cobb at Lovejoy

Lovejoy advances to the state championship game in their first season in the highest classification (6A) in Georgia with a 63-42 win over North Cobb. Overall it will be the Wildcats second consecutive state championship game in as many seasons (they lost to Tucker in the 2011 Class 4A title game). North Cobb jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the second quarter before Lovejoy would wake up. When the Wildcats did they roared and loud at that behind the running of Travis Custis and the play of their scoring defense. Custus would rip of a 63-yard touchdown run and Alejandro Bennefield would toss a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jumichael Ramos to pull the score even at 21 late in the quarter. The the Lovejoy defense went to work as Brandon Davis returned an interception 80-yards for a touchdown in the waning seconds of the first half to give Lovejoy the 28-21 halftime lead.

After the intermission the Lovejoy defense didn’t take long to score again when Montrell Custis returned and interception 50-yards for a touchdown on North Cobb’s opening possession of the half to cap 28 unanswered points by the Wildcats and give them the 35-21 lead. Lovejoy picked off North Cobb quarterback Tyler Queen four times in the game.

Nick Miller would get North Cobb right back into the game returning the ensuing kickoff 65 yards to give the Warriors excellent field position at the Lovejoy 25. From there Miller would catch a 26-yard touchdown pass to pull North Cobb within seven at 35-28.

Lovejoy was not phased and promptly ripped off 21 straight points when Bennefield hit Brandon Davis for a 40-yard touchdown pass and Travis Custis ripped off two more touchdown runs of 28 and 24 yards to give Lovejoy the commanding 56-28 lead.

North Cobb would get another touchdown from running back J’Vonte Herrod but it would be answered right back by another Travis Custis touchdown run from 23-yards out. On the night Travis Custis rushed for 293 yards in 28 carries and scored five touchdowns.

Xavier Borishade returned the final Lovejoy kickoff 82-yards for a touchdown for the games final margin.

Norcross and Lovejoy will play Saturday December 15th at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Kickoff scheduled for 8:30pm EST.